Yahoo: The American Police State is the 'New Normal'

Police Folks Tasered Winkfein

COMMENTARY | According to The New York Times, the FBI just raided a information center in Virginia and seized several of its servers, leading to internet sites owned by "tens of consumers" to go offline -- which includes those belonging to folks who hadn't broken a legislation, and ended up not suspected of any crime.

It could look foolish to get upset about the police using down websites you don't use. A specified quote might appear to head, however, as we look at other approaches that the police in The us abuse their power.

Tasering nonviolent folks to dying

A 72-year-old woman named Kathryn Winkfein received tasered not also extended in the past following she lost her temper at the cop who pulled her over. Her offense? Shouting at him.

Fortunately, she "figured out her lesson" about conversing again to America's authority figures. She was also granted $forty,000 in damages, which her County Constable, Richard McCain, complained was a reward for "negative behavior." Evidently putting fifty,000 volts by means of the coronary heart of someone's fantastic-grandma is not poor habits, as lengthy as you use a police uniform.

Winkfein was fortunate. In what Digby calls the "Taser Atrocity Of The Day," a gentleman who took groceries without having having paid out for them was tasered constantly for 37 seconds, immediately after he became "aggressive and was communicating loudly." He died in the hospital.

The police officer who killed him was suspended for 5 days.

Stealing your cellphone (and its data)

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